Jorge Linares to defend WBC lightweight title against Dejan Zlaticanin on Showtime in March. There is no set date or venue at this time. This is an interesting fight as Linares is promoted by Golden Boy, while Zlaticanin is advised by Haymon. Golden Boy Promotion is suing Al Haymon but it looks like both sides are playing nice at the moment.
Linares won the title in May with a 10RD stoppage of Kevin Mitchell. Linares was down in the 5th round, Mitchell, badly cut above the left eye and was down in the 10th. He then defended his title again vs Ivan Cano in October. Cano was knocked down in the third and fourth rounds. Zlaticanin (21-0, 14 KOs) made a loud bang in June with a fourth-round demolition of highly touted prospect Ivan Redkach.
This should be a great fight and its good to see that Al Haymon & Golden Boy are working together to make these bouts happen.